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How to Enjoy the Holidays without Getting Cavities
Updated: 12/21/2009 4:29:48 PM

It’s difficult enough to make healthy choices throughout the year, but it’s especially tough to navigate holiday parties and their accompanying buffets with good health in mind. Read on for a few basic tips to help you stay healthy despite the sometimes overwhelming temptation to load up on candy and other seasonal indulgences.
1. Be Honest.
Telling yourself that you’re not going to eat any holiday treats is not realistic and it may result in you doing a 180 and eating all of the holiday treats during your travels. Unless you truly plan to bring salads for each meal, be honest with yourself before your trip and acknowledge that you will likely be faced with plates of food that are not completely healthy.
2. Set a Goal.
One piece of pie. No entrée seconds. Whatever your goal, you need to make one. Without a realistic goal, you may make a late-night run for more pie.
3. Make Healthy Substitutions.
One of the many good things about having company or visiting friends and relatives is that there is often far more food than anyone can eat – and a wide range of foods from healthy to treadmill-inducing. Use this selection to pick from the healthier items in the buffet.
4. Floss and Brush.
Don’t get too caught up in your visit that you forget daily brushing and flossing.
5. Rinse with Water.
After indulging in foods full of sugar, drinking a glass of water or rinsing with water is a great way to remove some of the excess sugar from your teeth. Don’t allow these sugars to linger because they are often a source of cavities.
6. Be Prepared for an Emergency.
No one plans to extend their holiday vacation due to a dental health emergency. Jot down the number of your dentist and keep it in a safe place during your travels, just in case. In the case of an emergency, you may not be able to make it to his office, but details about your dental health can help your interim dentist bridge the gap.
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